Wednesday, May 21, 2014


Book: The Wishing Spell (The Land of Stories #1)  
Author: Chris Colfer
Publisher: Little Brown Young Readers, 2012
Rating: ****/5 Stars

Alex and Conner are twins (Alex is a girl and Conner is a boy) who have encountered some rough times. Their father recently passed away and their mother is struggling to make ends meet. When Alex and Conner's grandma comes to visit for their birthday, she leaves with her a book of stories that both Alex and Conner had remembered reading all their life. One night, Alex was reading The Land of Stories when she realized she could drop things into the book and they would disappear. Conner figured out what Alex was up to while at school the next and when they got home and started tinkering again with the book, they found themselves being pulled inside. While inside the story land they found themselves in, they found their favourite fairy tales were real and the characters were right before their eyes. While all this was too good to be true they still wanted to get home and went after the items that were needed to make The Wishing Spell which they were told would send them home. This adventurous story is filled with so any twists and turns and is a great middle-grade read.

A friend of mine lent me this book and when I first began reading it, I was not enthralled. I had a hard time getting into the story (which is why it is only 4 out of five stars) but once Alex and Conner were in the The Land of Stories, I was hooked. I loved reading the tales of the fairy tale characters that we all know and love from Colfer's perspective. Goldlilock's backstory was particularly interesting and so was Sleeping Beauty's.

Chris Colfer's writing is superb, it is not overly complicated like some fantasy books are and it is not too simple like some middle-grade books are. His writing flows so nicely and his ideas are absolutely creative. I thought the ending of the book was really neat and I was impressed with Colfer's creativity.

I think as a child, I would have loved reading this book. A world in which my beloved characters were real and one could interact with them was truly interesting. This book has a Once Upon a Time  (the TV show) feel to it but that is what I love about it, I love that show.

Froggy's character was my favourite, he reminded me of Mr. Tumnus in a way. Froggy is the first character introduced to Alex and Conner when they enter The Land of Stories and he remains a character throughout the book and I especially love his ending.

Overall, I give The Wishing Spell (The Land of Stories #1) by Chris Colfer a 4/5 stars only because it took me a bit to get interested in the story but once I was, I LOVED it.

Have you read  The Wishing Spell (The Land of Stories #1) by Chris Colfer? If so, did you like the book as much as I did or not so much?

Happy reading,


  1. I'm glad to hear you liked this book! It seems like the kind of thing that I would have enjoyed as a child as well. The writing sounds wonderful - it's important that a fantasy book actually makes sense, and it's great when middle grade authors don't dumb down their voices. I hope you like the rest of the series too!

  2. I know exactly what you mean when an author writes less eloquently for children. Children deserve great pieces of writing just as much as adults. Thank-you for commenting!